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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

More than 50 years ago a small group of entrepreneurs built a deep water harbour and established a unique economic zone on Grand Bahama Island, with the vision that it would become a major shipping hub and international business centre.

Today Freeport, Grand Bahama Island is all that and much more, offering both an exceptional climate for business, private investment and unsurpassed quality of life.

Under Charter of the 1955 Hawksbill Creek Agreement, The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) has established the infrastructure for world-standard services and facilities in a 230-square-mile economic zone just 68 miles from Florida, centred at Freeport, a modern, well-planned city twice the size of Washington, D.C.

Guaranteed long-term tax concessions and benefits for financial, commercial and industrial enterprises within this unique economic trade zone offer advantages that are superior to anywhere else in the region. With the island's pristine natural beauty, luxury living in modern and well-planned and serviced communities, international accessibility by sea and air, excellent telecommunications and a vibrant business and commercial sector, it is easy to see why Freeport, Grand Bahama is the strategic choice for discerning investors and international companies wishing to locate in the region.

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Freeport Planning to Capitalize on Medical Tourism Sector

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GBPA lends a Hand to Storm affected Residents in the Southern Bahamas

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) pledged $50,000 in aid of the hurricane affected residents, as well as a...

Imagine The Possibilities

68 miles off the coast of North America, at the most northern tip of The Bahamas archipelago, lies an island born of the tropics, nurtured by vision and sustained by industry. An Island so rare in its concessions, so beautiful in it’s charm, most can’t believe her splendour! Her measurements, 96 by 17. Her physique, the best infrastructure in the Caribbean. Her allure, a tax-free shipping hub and international business centre. Her name, Grand Bahama Island!

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The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.



Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.